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The Natural a story bases on a man by the name of Roy Hobbs This story reminds me of a book I once read a little while ago Roy Hobbs is to me a King Arthur Iris is his Guenevere- in this story and then the rest of the characters are like those from the story Roy Hobbs plays the Arthur figure Roy is a country boy innocent of the temptations of the urban jungle that is already taking over American life in the period between the world wars His ability as a baseball player is as innate as his essential goodness Like a king over a country he is born with the power to rule over the baseball field Yet his father warns him immediately prior to his early death By rather than within a large tree that he cant rely solely on his gift alone or he will fail Only a couple chapters into the book this seems to have come true as Harriet Bird lover of veteran baseball star the Whammer shoots Roy down with a silver bullet The evening before Harriet injures Roy she asks him in a restaurant car whether he has read Homer The authors are not just drawing on the Matter of Britain for their archetypes The manager and co-owner of the team Roy eventually rises to prominence with the New York Knights may be called Pop Fisher He may warn Roy momentarily changing role models that he should not begin a relationship with the most beautiful woman in the baseball world because she is bad luck Max Mercy the sports columnist whom we first meet as guardian to the Whammer seems to represent the morally equivocal elements of Merlin Shaping events through his cartoons and his commentary claiming to be acting for the good of baseball in a way inscrutable to others but also lining his own pockets These Arthurian references
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